Treatment

Getting help is vitally important. Keeping strong feelings of sadness, helplessness, loneliness, and pain inside can make things worse. Problems fester, making treatment more difficult. Depression is treated in a number of ways, and, in fact, it is one of the most easily and successfully treated mental illnesses.

Psychopharmacology
Studies show that medications are helpful for children and teenagers with depression.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Therapy with the individual child or the whole family can also be effective, alone or in combination with medication. In cognitive behavior therapy children learn how to monitor potentially troubling situations and feelings, how to counteract negative thinking, and new ways to handle being sad.

Interpersonal Therapy
Interpersonal therapy is a short-term treatment helpful for some adolescents that focuses on social and personal relationships and related problems.